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Psychiatry Advances Podcast Series

Discover innovative research and patient-centered programs at the cutting edge of psychiatry and behavioral health sciences on the Psychiatry Advances podcast series.

Psychiatric, psychological, nursing, and rehabilitative professionals will enjoy this podcast from UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, a national leader in the innovative treatment of mental health and addictive disorders.

Meet the Host

Loren Roth, MD, MPH, is a distinguished professor emeritus of Psychiatry. He continues to actively teach and work at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. He is also the former chief medical officer of UPMC, as well as the previous associate senior vice chancellor for Clinical Policy and Planning, Health Sciences, at the University of Pittsburgh.

Listen to Our Latest Episode

Social Determinants of Racial Disparities in Alcohol problems prior to and during Covid 19

Sarah L. Pederson PhD is Associate Professor of Psychiatry. She is a national authority on alcohol use and its more serious social/psychological problems. Her research work is remarkable for its multi-causal personal assessments, racial and otherwise, e.g. measurements of impulsivity and other personal characteristics associated with drinking both in the laboratory and in vivo in the community. This Podcast also considers the effects of Covid-19, pre and now, upon drinking.


Pederson SL, King, KM, Louie, KA et. al: Momentary fluctuations in impulsivity domains: Association with a history of childhood, ADHD, heavy alcohol use and alcohol problems, Drug and Alcohol Dependence 205(2019) 107683

McKone KMP, Kennedy, TM, ----Pederson SL: In-the -moment drinking characteristics: An Examination across ADHD history and race, Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 43(6) 2019, pgs. 1273-1283

Released: 4/14/21

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This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only and is not to be considered medical or behavioral health advice for any particular patient. Clinicians must rely on their own informed clinical judgments when making recommendations for their patients. Patients in need of medical or behavioral health advice should consult their personal health care provider.